Scent of a Gamer

From the computer to the tabletop, this is all about games. Updated each week-end.

Bronze to Mythic

I don’t talk about Magic Arena much these days. I was part of the closed and open betas, and there is a launch review of the game somewhere on this … Continue reading

October 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

Cathay background expands

Following closely from yesterday’s article about Cathay, the background for this faction is now being expanded through posts on both Warhammer Community and the Total War blog. We haven’t seen … Continue reading

September 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

Cathay in the Old World

Following the trailer for their inclusion in the third Warhammer Total War game comes confirmation that the faction was designed by Games Workshop. Some people has wondered whether Creative Assembly … Continue reading

September 21, 2021 · 2 Comments

Emergent narrative in Humankind

A video about the forthcoming Civ-like game Humankind caught my attention: The narrator doesn’t use this phrase explicitly but this video is about the narrative that emerges from playing a … Continue reading

June 5, 2021 · 2 Comments

Bard’s Tale remastered achievement guide

I put a walkthrough up for this remastered trilogy back when it was released, but I wasn’t playing on Steam and so paid no attention to the achievements. That’s changed … Continue reading

May 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Bard’s Tale II walkthrough: Saradon’s Home

After the grim darkness of Dargoth’s Tower, Saradon’s home provides a refreshing change. It’s located in the same city of Philippi to the north of the Tower. Before visiting you … Continue reading

March 21, 2021 · 2 Comments

Civ Battle Royale starts again

Season 2 of the Civ Battle Royale has now launched. For those who aren’t aware, the Civ Battle Royale is a spectator game of Civilization V where 61 civs battle … Continue reading

March 14, 2021 · 2 Comments

Diablo II resurrected

In many ways it’s for the best that I can’t play Diablo II on Steam. That platform would happily show me all the hours of my life I have wasted … Continue reading

February 28, 2021 · 5 Comments

Kotaku’s classic PC Games list

When I see an article with ‘best of’ in the title I expect to either be disinterested or annoyed by the list, and so it was that I clicked on … Continue reading

February 19, 2021 · 2 Comments

Warhammer Total War III revealed

Earlier this week I was counting my good fortunes, and realised that my dream computer game has already been made, and that game is Warhammer: Total War. The Warhammer Total … Continue reading

February 6, 2021 · 7 Comments

A tale of two videogames

I stumbled upon a fascinating article at Kotaku, detailing the different reception of two indie videogames. One was a commercial success, the other a failure which left its creator out … Continue reading

January 8, 2021 · 2 Comments

Crusader Kings III: fantasy mods

It’s still early in the life of Crusader Kings III, but already various teams around the world have taken the game’s systems and editable map, and applied them to various … Continue reading

December 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Crusader Kings III 10-hour review

It’s the year 1121AD and England lies under the sword and the spear and the iron fist of the Dane. There are a few holdouts in the Welsh hills but … Continue reading

December 6, 2020 · 3 Comments

The 8-bit documentaries of Kim Justice

Every so often, the YouTube algorithm suggests something that I might actually want to watch. So it has proved with the Kim Justice channel. This channel contains well constructed documentaries … Continue reading

October 18, 2020 · 6 Comments

10 years of Civilization V

I started playing this game again recently due to some nostalgia and a general sense that the city building mechanics of Civ VI weren’t for me. Civ V isn’t flawless, … Continue reading

September 25, 2020 · 1 Comment

Getting started in Wasteland remastered

Wasteland remastered is a fun and challenging game. It’s a faithful re-presentation of a game designed in the 1980s, delivered for today’s audience. However it is possible to find the … Continue reading

July 11, 2020 · 3 Comments

Once upon a Wednesday: Civ V mods

This article comes from all the way back in 2015. I took the time to talk about some of my favourite mods for the game Civilization V. My overall favourite … Continue reading

July 8, 2020 · 3 Comments

Once upon a Wednesday: Doomdark’s Revenge

I first played Doomdark’s Revenge in the 1980s and fell in love with this 8-bit strategy game straight away. It’s a close as you’ll find on such old systems to … Continue reading

June 3, 2020

Grand Strategy gets a boost

Crusader Kings III is the next grand strategy game on its way to PCs. What is grand strategy, you may ask. Well, it’s a strategy game with a grand scope, … Continue reading

May 24, 2020

Wasteland remastered: meet the NPCs

In Wasteland remastered, your maximum party size is 7, but you can only create a maximum of 4 player characters. If you want a full roster, you will have to … Continue reading

May 16, 2020 · 1 Comment